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Waikiki Zanzibar Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Kiwengwa Road, Pwani Mchangani 2210, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pwani Mchangani
Biella, Italy
2 reviews
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“Mambo? Jambo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Hospitality, cordiality and more other characterize the owner Flavio and his trusted staff. I spent in Waikiki Resort a fantastic holiday with my girl-friend. Our room "safari" was very pleasant, comfortable and every day buzzed against mosquito from a friendly woman. Good food and always appetizing choices in the intimate restaurant at 50 meters from the white sandy beach. I really recommend it to everybody!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I have nothing but good things to say about Waikiki resort. In my opinion we found the gem of Zanzibar, which is largely contributed to the resort owner/manager, Flavio. Here are our thoughts on the hotel/resort:

Location:
Located in Pwani Mchangani area of Zanzibar, Waikiki has the best stretch of beach we experienced in all of Zanzibar, surpassing the highly regarded, Matemwe area. There is a massive stretch of beach that is pure white coral sand (seaweed/coral/sea urchin free). Furthermore, there is a natural, chest deep lagoon that you easily walkout to at low tide. This is a bonus when most of the island is knee-deep water (aka – you can actually swim here)

Environment:
The Waikiki Resort is a laid back, beach environment, as it should be. It’s very relaxing and easy to get settled quickly. The resort has a great layout with rooms around the perimeter, the main dinner/reception area up front and a nice open garden area in the middle with a beach bar and second restaurant located by the water.

For those interested in kiteboarding, there is a school located onsite that has great staff and their equipment is all current and in great condition.

Rooms:
We ended up staying in a few different rooms during our stay, as we kept extending it. All the rooms we stayed in were quite nice. The beds are comfortable, the rooms are spacious (particularly for the price) and they have the best mosquito nets I’ve ever seen in a hotel. Each room has a nice porch area as well, which is great to sit at in the evenings.

There is wireless in the restaurant, but its range usually extends to all the rooms and sometimes even down to the beach cabanas.

Restaurant:
The restaurant is quite good. There is a mixture of classic Italian dishes, African offerings and casual, comfort food. They have specials everyday to mix things up and there is a special seafood menu you can splurge on if you’re in the mood for fresh lobster and other delicacies from the sea. We had no problems with any of the food. In fact, it’s one of the only places we stayed during our entire trip that gave us ZERO stomach issues.

Staff:
The staff at Waikiki make the resort that much better. Everyone is extremely friendly and accommodating. It’s very clear that the staff are treated well and it’s a good working environment.

The key to Waikiki, however, is the owner/manager, Flavio. He is hands down the best host I have ever encountered at a hotel. It’s clear that he loves what he does and he really goes above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay (but NOT in that over the top “try hard” sort of way).

If you haven’t gathered by now, we really enjoyed our stay at Waikiki. We would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Me and my boy-friend are just back from an amazing week spent at Waikiki. We stayed in an "ethnic" room whith all the necessary comfort. The beach with white sand and the beautiful sea are probably the main actractive of Waikiki, but the staff and the food are perfect as well. The resort is not the usual one since it is small and intimate. We really had good times and we hope to be back as soon as possible.
Elisa e Giuseppe

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

A wonderful holiday that I suggest to every one. A wonderful beach with lovely people, Excellent food (I Put On 2 Kg in ten days), Room was very comfortable.....everythings it was Beautiful!

Thank's Guys - see you soon

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vicenza, Italy
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

a little village inside the wild nature of Zanzibar. a magical beach with lovely people and a really good food. it seems to be at home, maybe better than in Italy.....
a wonderful holiday that I suggest you to every one...thanks to Flavio, Alberto, Stefania, Serengeti, Daudi, Body and all the staff....also to Mirajy....
go on on this way.....I hope to see you soon to spend another beautiful and unforgettable holiday....kisses....

Room Tip: the spirit od Africa, very warmly
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

Found Waikiki by chance as we were walking along the beach. Looked really inviting so we decided to have lunch there. Loads to choose from but we settled on the fresh tuna which was delicious.
After lunch we met Flavio who took some time to show us around as we were curious about the rooms. That's when we decided to spend the last few days of our holiday there as we had spent most of our time in Matemwe.
The place has a really relaxed atmosphere, just what we wanted.
The staff were friendly but not invasive.
Our room was very comfortable with a great view of the ocean(we were practically on the beach!)
The food was fantastic and with the friendly atmosphere it was just what we needed to end our time in Zanzibar.
I'm sure that if we ever come back to Zanzibar we will definetely visit you again.

Thanks Guys
Rick and Ellie

Room Tip: Was hot so we chose a room with a/c
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pleasant hill
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

A beautiful setting, cosy and scenic on a wide and secluded strip of probably the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. South enough to avoid algae but detached from the larger villages at the southern end of the beack.

Excellent food. Must have put on 4-5 kilos in 4 days.

Not a luxury hotel, but then scenery, comfort and service at these prices are probably unbeatable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kiwengwa Road, Pwani Mchangani 2210, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Pwani Mchangani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pwani Mchangani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Waikiki Zanzibar Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Resort is located on one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar : Pwani Mchangani. The resort is surrounded by the lush of the spot, palm trees and bush, built just on the beach and so, except for the two single rooms which are on the back, wherever you are you can enjoy a wonderful sea view. A perfect place to chill-out. The resort is managed by international staff. ... more   less 
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